The Prophets and Prophecy in Israel; An Historical and Critical Enquiry

9780217606301: The Prophets and Prophecy in Israel; An Historical and Critical Enquiry

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1877 Excerpt: ... PREDICTION DEPENDENT ON PROPHET'S IDEA OF GOD. 347 did not act thus, he would, according to the conviction of the prophets, cease to be righteous. In other words, the realisation of the prophecy is always dependent on Jahveh's nature. Must not then its purport also be determined by that nature? It is at least the most obvious course to assume provisionally that such is the case. Let me add to these considerations, in the last place, that the alternation or dissimilarity also of the prophetical predictions seems to indicate that they are dependent on something else. It is at least explained at once and perfectly, when we regard these predictions as postulates, as the application to specific persons, conditions, and occurrences of a universal rule, of a certain firm conviction regarding Jahveh's relation to Israel, or to men in general. But I reserve till a later time the farther development of this idea, which would lead us too far from our present subject. Enough has been already said to convince us of the high importance, nay, of the absolute necessity, of an inquiry into the theology of the prophets, if I may, for the sake of brevity, thus designate their ideas about Jahveh, his nature, his attributes, and the manner in which they are revealed in the government of the world. It is obvious that we have enough for our object, when we know the chief points, and that we do not need to involve ourselves in the study of th particulars, for example, of the peculiar opinions of this or that prophet. We have besides only to occupy ourselves with those attributes of Jahveh which exercise a direct influence on the government of the world; all that lies beyond cannot of course have produced any effect on the expectations of the prophets. Let the following brief sketc...

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